Carl Hester is one of Britain's most successful dressage riders and his rise through the ranks is truly inspirational. Born on the remote island of Sark (still a car-free zone), learning to ride was more necessity than luxury for Carl and he cut his teeth on a donkey. Since then he's had more than his fair share of troublesome and quirky mounts and is, therefore, especially well qualified to advise on the training of the less-than-perfect dressage prospect. This book is chock-full of down-to-earth and realistic tips on how to achieve progress through the successive levels of dressage. If you want to compete with your horse at the lower levels, there are explanations and exercises here that will help you achieve that goal but Carl also, with great honesty, addresses the problems and possible solutions related to horses moving on to higher levels, all the way up to Grand Prix. He even gives a very frank assessment of the shortcomings of his own mounts, and it's rather refreshing to discover that these star performers are not dream machines.
The book is lavishly illustrated with beautiful colour photographs demonstrating riding exercises pertaining to all levels, most of which feature Spencer Wilton in the saddle. However, the book is 100% Carl Hester in theory, philosophy and approach. All the more valuable and interesting on the eve of the 2012 Olympics with the very realistic hope for our author to feature in the medals.
Ce livre de Carl Hester, dresseur et cavalier exceptionnel qui n'est plus à présenter, est indispensable à tout passionné de dressage sachant lire l'anglais. Toute la formation du cheval jusqu'au niveau Grand Prix est passée en revue sans rien omettre et de façon parfaitement rrationnelle.